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ttt >> jeff: tonight two days to go, mitt romney and rick santorum battle to win tuesday's crucial michigan primary. it appears too close to call. dean reynolds and john dickerson look at the stakes. should the u.s. help to arm the syrian rebels? wyatt andrews puts that question to secretary of state hillary clinton. >> i am incredibly sympathetic to the calls that somebody do something. >> thank you, jesus! >> jeff: and in chicago, an answered prayer for a pastor braving winter temperatures to fight gang violence. michelle miller was at his church today. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news." >> jeff: good evening, i'm jeff glor. the unpredictable republican primary season reaches what could be attorney turning point on tuesday with contests in arizona, and
also michigan. mitt romney's boy hood home. michigan was once thought to be a lock for romney, but not any more. dean reynolds is in traverse city tonight. dean, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, jeff, well, in two days mitt romney gets another chance to show he can win over rank and file republicans. but the polls here at least in michigan show he'll have a difficult time doing it. romney chartered a jet from michigan to florida for the daytona 500 where a trackside man of the people photo opportunity awaited the candidate with four cars of his own. his enthusiasm was not diminished by rain that postponed the race or the stock car emblazoned with the name of his rival. after all, romney had earlier won the backing of governor jan brewer of arizona where romney appears headed for a clear-cut victory in two days. >> he has that probusiness background. and he has that political history that i think that he
would serve america the best of all the candidates. >> reporter: but his probusiness background hats also greatly enriched romney with a fortune estimated at $250 million. critics say he lacks a common touch because of that wealth. a complaint he addressed during an interview. >> i can't be perfect. i am just am who i am. if people think there's something wrong with people being successful in america, then they better vote for the other guy. >> reporter: that other guy would be rick santorum. >> we don't need someone to better manage washington. we need a fundamental change in washington that gives power back to the people in this country. >> reporter: polls show santorum with his emphasis on reviving manufacturing in this country could win tuesday's other race, the one here in michigan where romney was born and raised. >> here we are, being badly outspent again by his super pac and his big dollar friends. and we're hanging in there, holding our own. >> reporter: the consequences of a loss in michigan would be awful for
romney. piercing the idea that his nomination is inevitable, and possibly setting off an 11th hour search for an alternative acceptable to the party establishment. >> but santorum with his repeated rhetorical detours into sensitive social issues does not necessarily fit that bill. >> now the stakes are unquestionably high. new jersey governor chris chris-year one of romney's more prominent national supporters told bob schieffer on face the nation today that if romney loses michigan, a brokered convention this august in tampa is a possibility. jeff. >> jeff: let me ask you about santorum, though. because expectations now are so high for him. what happens if he loses in michigan clearly? >> i think it's much more important for romney to win michigan than for santorum. santorum is raising money. he's going to be campaigning in other states. he's going to be in toledo, ohio, on tuesday and then knoxville, tennessee, on
wednesday. he's planning to continue to go on all the way to the convention. >> jeff: dean reynolds, thank you, dean. cbs news political director john dickerson is also in traverse city tonight. john, good evening to you. what's your sense on the ground now? >> it feels very close here, jeff. coming into this vote mitt romney has some of the momentum after that last debate where rick santorum didn't do so well. when you talk to voters at his rallies they say they like mitt romney because they think can beat barack obama. he can turn around the economy, but when you go to a santorum rally they are more enthusiasm, voters are responding to santorum when he talks on stage and draws that clear contrast between his policy and barack obama. so the enthusiasm feels like it's with santorum though romney has the advantage in money, organization and ties to the state. >> jeff: what happens to mitt romney if he loses michigan? >> it would be a near fatal blow. his campaign would be in critical condition. because he has so many
advantages in michigan. he has money. his family lived here. he grew up here. he's been playing on all of those tice. so if he lost when you talked to republican strategists they say there would be this search for somebody because they're worried that rick san tore sum too conservative to win in the general election. but who would they go looking for. jeb bush the former governor of florida or indiana's governor mitch daniels have been talked about but those men say they don't want to run. so mitt romney's best chance in the end if there is this search is there would be no one else and that he will have to stay in the race and fight it out all the way to tampa where the convention will be held. >> jeff: john dicker son on the trail. thank you. the pentagon identify one of the victims of yesterday's interior ministry hoot shooting in afghan tan is 44-year-old john lovetus of kentucky. at a u.s. base in kundus province the fur ree over burning of korans lead to another attack on american service members. mandy clark is in kabul.
>> reporter: afghans took to the streets for a sixth day expressing their rage over the accidental koran burning by u.s. soldiers at bagram air base last week. protestors in northern afghanistan threw a hand grenade into u.s. base injuring seven american special forces on a training mission there. and a manhunt continued for the afghan policeman who shot and killed two american officers at the interior ministry where they worked as advisors. the alleged gunman is 25-year-old abdul is a poor. police have detained his family members. >> you need-- . >> reporter: and now all foreign mill ter and civilian advisors have been pulled back from their posts across afghanistan. the move puts america's mission into question. the u.s. ambassador ryan crocker is talking tough. >> this is not the time to deed is side that we're done here. we have got to redouble our efforts. we've got to create a
situation in which al qaeda is not coming back. >> reporter: militants are trying to use this anti-american sentiment to their own advantage. encouraging more afghan soldiers to turn their guns on their mentors. there is a danger that any gains that nato forces made over the last ten years could be lost by this one serious breach of cultural understanding. afghan president hamid karzai urged the public for calm. the stakes are high. the afghans need foreign help if there is any hope for this country to stand on its own. the americans can't afford to walk away early and hand victory to the insurgents. mandy clark, cbs news, kabul. >> jeff: syrians today began voting in a referendum on a new constitution. president bashar assad and his wife were shown on state tv casting their ballots. opponents call it a sham. at least 31 people were killed today in the government's crackdown on dissent. secretary of state hillary clinton slammed today's
voting in syria as a cynical ploy, she says, by the assad regime. she spoke in morocco, last stop on a tlae day three country tour of north africa. wyatt andrews is traveling with the secretary. >> reporter: with the violence continuing in syria an assad refusing to allow medicine to reach the injured, secretary of state hillary clinton in an interview with cbs news argues the united states is doing what it can but within limits. >> i am incredibly-- incredibly sympathetic to the call that somebody do something. but it is also important to stop and ask what that is and whose's going to do it. >> reporter: what to do about assad was supposed to be answered last friday when a global conference called friends of syria again demanded that assad step aside. but several arab countries starting with the saudis argued for action to arm the syrian resistance. the obama administration is resisting that. >> the u.s. has repeatedly said that it's reluctant to
support the direct army of the dissidents. why? >> well, first of all, we really don't know who it is that would be armed. >> reporter: specifically, the administration fears that arms will wind up in the hands of terrorists including al qaeda. >> we know al qaeda, zawahiri is supporting the opposition in syria. are we supporting al qaeda? syria? hamas is now supporting the opposition, are we supporting hamas? syria? so i think wyatt, you know, despite the great pleas that we hear from those people who are being ruthlessly assaulted by assad, if are you a military planner or if you are a secretary of state and you're trying to figure out do you have the elements of an opposition that is actually viable, we don't see that. >> reporter: earlier this week the administration rhetorically ramped up the threat to assad. >> we don't rule out additional measures. >> we may have to consider
additional measures. >> reporter: the secretary would not discuss what those additional measures might be but without excluding weapons said anything the arab nations might want to send into syria, the u.s. might help with logistics. wyatt andrews, cbs news, rabat, morocco. >> jeff: in egypt the trial of dozens of pro-democracy activists was abruptly adjourned until april. egyptian defendants were shown in a metal cage while protestors disrupted the proceedings. only 7 of the 16 americans charged remain in the country including the son of u.s. transportation secretary ray lahood. none were in the courtroom. >> thousands of demonstrators held hands to form a ten mile human ring around the center of moscow today to protest the lakely return of vladimir putin as president in elections next week. protestors have demanded more democracy, more transparency, and less corruption. >> nelson mandela was released from the hospital today after being kpanled for a chronic abdominal problem. south african president
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cover, a new role for an old industry. >> that's something new to show you. >> reporter: dave schowalter makes soiled sterling silver beads for bracelets with college logos using software originally developed for auto and heir space design. >> we were able to tap the talent base that was highly skilled, that we might not otherwise have been able to do in a good economy. >> jeff: his two-year-old college bead company employs 20 people including aid at this grand rapids factory, jobs that used to be in chaina. the schowalter says 30% of the beads made from there were detective. >> if-- defective. >> if you look at hourly wages it's cheaper in china but you take the whole package, the shipping, the time lag, the quality, it's actually less expensive to produce it here in the states. >> jeff: college bead is part of a trend in michigan where 45,000 manufacturing jobs have been created in just the past two years. only a third are in the auto
industry. schowalter likes rick santorum for president, but is skeptical of his promise to eliminate the 35% corporate income tax on manufacturing. >> if you are going to eliminate tax in one area you're going have to make up that revenue someplace else. so jury is still out on that for me. >> reporter: at dowding industries, outside lancing, 220 people work for jeff metts. >> if a country is going to grow, if an economy is going to pick up and go someplace t has to come through making things. >> reporter: his company makes parts for farm equipment, truck engines and buses. and he has re-- rehired someone for every job eliminated during the recession and more. >> a blade hooks to each one of these that is where the blades come on. >> reporter: he is now branching that wind power, treating these 20 ton hubs to hold windmill blades. this massive machine that he developed does a 35 hour job in one shift. >> the first one there is where it does every side at once. >> metts is a republican but is not sure he will vote
that way this year. grants from the obama administration got his wind project off the ground. >> i want somebody that is going to support manufacturing. i want somebody that going to support what we're doing in this country and make it great. whoever is going to do that, that is who i am for. >> jeff: to boost manufacturing mitt romney has proposed reduce the corporate tax rate from 35 to 25%, basically president obama proposed lowering that rate to 28%. ahead, a chicago pastor ends his vigil for nonviolence after a gift from tyler perry. ♪
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>> jeff: a pastor in chicago has ended a long and unusual vigil seeks 450,000 dollars to demolish a derelict building. michelle miller explains what this pastor was doing and whose's helping. >> reporter: for the first sunday in three months pastor corey brooks is back home, in the pulpit at new beginnings baptist church on chicago's south side. >> you got to forgive me, i haven't been to church in a long time. >> reporter: he spent the last 94 days across the street in a tent on the roof
of a derelict motel, a place more familiar to drug dealers and prostitutes. >> we're living in a killing field. we're living in a place where you can just be walking to the store, the corner store, going to get a drink, going to get something for your kids and you can be shot and killed. >> reporter: brooks believes desperate times call for desperate measures, so he took to the rooftop and vowed not to come down until he raised enough money to buy the building, knock it down, and build a community centre. what did you endure up there. >> i was a little terrified because i thought this tent is going to fly off this motel and i'm going to die in a tent on top of an abandoned motel. >> reporter: what did you learn. >> people have great hearts. and if you can somehow be creative enough, to bring it to their attention and their awareness about what is going on, that people will rise to the occasion. >> reporter: sometimes even famous people. on friday 94 brooks became the subject of a syndicated radio talk show, while
promoting his new film good deeds, filmmaker tyler perry was inspired to perform his own. >> i will give hims $90,000. >> all right, pastor brooks, come on down, you have the money. >> i said i wasn't going to krirx i try not to cry but after 94 days in a tent, i keep crying. and i'm grateful for every single gift that we've gotten. >> it's just a start. brooks next goal, to raise 15 million dollars to build a new community centre. michelle miller, cbs news, chicago. >> jeff: ahead, movie makers eases into the big easy. [ male announcer ] where's your road to happiness?
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capsule in here. >> reporter: where some might see decay, location scout david thornsberry cease the perfect set for his next movie. >> this is the grail, the find that i have been looking for, this is it. >> reporter: from indecent proposal to para normal activity thornsberry has currented to some major hollywood films. but after 20 years working in los angeles, he packed up his family and moved to what some call hollywood south. >> it's basically hand over fist work. there's movie companies tripping over each other. >> new orleans has become the nation's third largest hub for film and tv production. thanks in part to a 35% tax credit louisiana offers the industry. >> obviously there's a huge financial incentive. the scope of the movie, the scale of the movie is much larger than we ever would have been able to afford if we were in new york or l.a.. >> reporter: bobby cohen is
a producer for now you see me, a big budget pick taur starring morgan freeman and woody harrelson. his team was so impressed by new orleans, they rewrote a part of the fill tomorrow star the city. >> the backdrop drop is magic so, we have to shoot it because this is a magic town. >> reporter: last year the big easy hosted 46 film and television projects from g.i. joe ii to 21 jump street. >> we started out with two employees and how many do you have now. >> 20. >> reporter: casey vosbien owns silver screen supply. business is booming. one of his hires formerly unemployed vincent mathews says working in film beats his old construction job hands down. >> every day it's excitement. something new every day. >> reporter: down the street u.s.a. network is shooting the first season of its new series common law. ironically, the buddy cop series is set in los angeles but filmed all over new orleans. jack mcgee is one of the
stars. >> the word has gotten out back there that the crews are good down here, the activities, the history of this town is so rich and so full. so i think that the film industry is here for a while, i do. >> a good fit for a city already teaming with characters. karen brown, cbs news, new orleans. >> that is the "cbs evening news" tonight. later on cbs, "60 minutes," i'm jeff glor, cbs news in new york. scott pelley will be here tomorrow. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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